Clara Berthonneau Berthonneau من عند Crofton, Marlborough, Wiltshire SN8 3DW، المملكة المتحدة
Love, Love, Love A.S Byatt. This is definitely one of her best. I've read everything she's written, and this is certainly a top pick. The thing I love about her most is her ability to create a strong atmosphere. It's always one of constant discovery, wonder, beauty, and sometimes disgust, but in a good way. She always leaves me inspired. The Children's Book is full of so many characters and so many personal histories, it's tricky to keep up initially, but as you weave through their stories, they become like family members they're so well known to the reader. Like many of Byatt's books, it's full of history, very detailed imagery, and immense amount of research detailing even the tiniest details. I learned more about trench warfare, the Arts and Crafts movement, German puppetry, the Victoria and Albert Museum, and even ceramic production (of which I already know much). All of this research made me feel as though I were also a character living in that time, experiencing what may have been like. The book is constructed linearly through time, but the details of each person's life and the interests they follow is constructed cyclically. Each person, each subject of interest (be it German puppetry or children's stories) is told as the character is experiencing it. Every description is so vivid and carefully thought out. This is a book to read again and again. Each reading would likely be different as it's so dense your own personal experience would change it.
An entertaining and interactive book. Students enjoy going on the bear hunt with the characters in the story. Feel free to bring in props and let the student go on a bear hunt in your classroom! This book can easily become a favorite story telling book. With the chanting rhythm that goes along with the book students begin to remember the series and what happens enough to re-tell the story.